Michael Scotus: Expositio super auctorem spherae.

Bologna:  Justinianus de Ruberia, 16 Sept. 1495.
4to.   a8 b-i4.   [40] leaves.
Woodcut printer’s device;  woodcut initial.
ISTC im00550000;  Goff M550;  BMC VI 849.

Two copies held by the University of Glasgow.

Copy 1 

Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Ferguson Al-a.6 (see main library entry for this item)
Variant: In this copy a3 signed “aiii” (another copy in the Ferguson collection has “iiia”);  unlike the copy described in BMC, the signature dij in this copy has not been printed by error on the last leaf of gathering d.
Provenance: Breslauer & Meyer, booksellers, 134 Leipzigerstrasse, Berlin:  booksellers’ ticket  on rear pastedown.
John Ferguson (1837-1916), Professor of Chemistry, University of Glasgow:  Ferguson’s acquisition note in pencil on inner front cover “John Ferguson Dec. 6. 1898.  19 years since I got D. Laing’s copy!   This one is a good bit larger”;  presumably acquired from Breslauer & Meyer.
University of Glasgow:  Ferguson collection purchase, 1921.
Binding: Germany, 19th-century decorated paper covers with green and red design on dull gold background.   Size:  204 x 152 mm.
Leaf size: 204 x 149 mm.
Annotations: “No 2” in pencil on a1r.
Decoration: None.
Imperfections: None.

 

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Copy 2

Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Ferguson Al-c.9 (see main library entry for this item)
Variant: In this copy a3 signed “iiia” (another copy in the Ferguson collection has “aiii”);  unlike the copy described in BMC, the signature dij in this copy has not been printed by error on the last leaf of gathering d.
Provenance: Brunyncx (late 16th century):  on a1r “Non degennerrat [a motto?] Brunyncx 1599”.
David Laing (1793-1878), antiquary and librarian of the Signet Library:  lot 3355 in 'Catalogue of the first portion of the extensive and valuable library of the late David Laing ... which will be sold by auction, by Messrs. Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge ... on Monday, 1st December, 1879 ...' (London:  1879);  sold to Hopkins for £8.0.0 according to the annotated BL copy of the sale catalogue - shelfmark S.C.S. 791.
Hugh Hopkins (b. 1831), bookseller, Glasgow - see above.
John Ferguson (1837-1916), Professor of Chemistry, University of Glasgow:  Ferguson’s pencil acquisition note on front flyleaf “J F Xmas 1879 D. Laing’s Copy”;  presumably purchased from Hopkins.
University of Glasgow:  Ferguson collection purchase, 1921.
Binding: 19th-century, grained blue morocco;  covers decorated with a gold-tooled border;  gold-tooled spine;  gilt-edged leaves.   Size:   199 x 147 mm.
Leaf size: 195 x 141 mm.
Annotations: None.
Decoration: None.
Imperfections: None.

 

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